The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FOURTH ROUND - By Stu­art Mar­shall

EVER­TON are track­ing Cardiff’s £10m-rated goal­keeper David Mar­shall af­ter MLS side Colorado Rapids tar­geted Good­i­son Park No1 Tim Howard.

The Rapids want to sign 36-year-old Howard this sum­mer, and the Premier League club have been long-time ad­mir­ers of for­mer Nor­wich City and Celtic keeper Mar­shall.

They re­cently had him watched in Cardiff’s 3-1 win at Wolves, but the Welsh club are in a strong bar­gain­ing po­si­tion as Mar­shall is un­der con­tract un­til the sum­mer of 2018 hav­ing signed a four-and-a-half-year deal in Fe­bru­ary 2014.

Mean­while, City de­fender Mark Hud­son reck­ons the club have made a mis­take in let­ting Joe Ma­son go.

Ma­son has joined Wolves for an undis­closed fee and Hud­son, who played along­side the 24-year-old dur­ing his Cardiff days, can­not un­der­stand why the Welsh side let him go.

“It’s a strange one why they would need to sell to a ri­val club, es­pe­cially an­other team look­ing to push into the play-offs,” he said.

“I think he’s a great player, his move­ment and the way he ghosts in and out of games.

“If he is play­ing week in, week out he is prob­a­bly go­ing to be one of the top scor­ers in the league.”

TAR­GET: David Mar­shall

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